Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Switzerland to Start Implementing EU COVID-19 Passport System on June 7

Under the Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT) solution, Switzerland has announced the implementation of the COVID-19 certificate system, which will be effective immediately and running until the end of June 2021.

During the pilot phase, which is set to start on June 7, Swiss cantons will be issued gradually with the first digital certificates, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Starting on June 1, seven EU countries – Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland have started to implement the COVID-19 passport. Other countries are set to launch the document once all functions are operating and it is recognised widely.

The gateway will operate as a verification tool for the COVID-19 passport issued by the EU, which aims to revive travelling within the block. Since May 10, 22 countries have successfully tested the COVID-19 passport gateway.

Since it is set to provide a high level of security, Switzerland’s system will be subjected to a broad public security test. This means that besides the security analyses conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the security system will also be tested by public security experts and other authorities regarding the field.

Starting on May 31, NCSC will start collecting test results, estimate their contents, and make the necessary adjustments based on the FOITT development team recommendation.

Swiss authorities have already started lifting restrictions by abolishing the entry quarantine requirement for people who have been vaccinated against Coronavirus and those who recovered from the virus for the six upcoming months.

This change applies only to people who have been vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) COVID vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson). In contrast, people who come from high-risk countries will not be eligible for the restriction-free entry option, even if they received both shots.

Switzerland has previously announced it was working to develop the COVID-19 passport, which would be internationally recognised, in order to bring travelling back which was put at halt for many months due to the virus outbreak.

As a press release issued in April reads, all people who have been vaccinated with EMA’s authorised vaccines, have recovered or have tested negative for Coronavirus are eligible to get the COVID-19 passport. The certificate will be available on smartphones and paper.

The certificate should be issued at the place where the person has been tested or vaccinated. Data on vaccination, recovery and test status will be kept only at this place and by the person concerned,” the press release explains.

Among 50 proposals submitted, ELCA collaborates with SICPA, originally known as Industrial and Commercial Food Products Company, a globally leading company for digital security for public institutions.

According to Worldometers’ data, Switzerland currently counts 35,487 active cases with virus infection, no deaths and 649,199 people have recovered. Reuters’ data reveals that 18.8 per cent of the population in Switzerland has been fully vaccinated, whereas 33.9 per cent have received at least one dose.

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